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XL Recordings
April 6, 2010

“I started out trying to make a low-key, acoustic album, but somewhere along the line it just sort of exploded,” says Jón Thor Birgisson by way of explaining the unexpected trajectory of this, his first solo album, after more than a decade of fronting Iceland’s Sigur Rós.

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  • Audio CD (April 6, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL Recording
  • ASIN: B0037AGAV8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Go Do
2. Animal Arithmetic
3. Tornado
4. Boy Lilikoi
5. Sinking Friendships
6. Kolnidur
7. Around Us
8. Grow Till Tall
9. Hengilas

Editorial Reviews

Jónsi has spent more than a decade writing epic compositions with Sigur Rós, creating some of the finest, most acclaimed albums of the last ten years. The choice to make an album of solo recordings came together as a solution to a backlog of songs Jónsi had written that didn't seem to fit within the Sigur Rós context. Go is a different beast entirely. Ecstatic, dramatic and alive, it features Jónsi's signature vocals throughout, with the majority of the songs sung in English.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this album to anyone who loves beautiful interesting music.
Adam Soleil
The usual traits of beautiful falsetto/countertenor singing, interesting musical accompaniment and otherworldly, ethereal overall feel are in this album.
Helen Hancox
Music has always been about passion and emotion, speaking to the listener in the most direct way possible.
Rudolph Klapper

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on April 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's almost as if all those nine-minute-plus compositions, sung in a nonsense tongue and eventually swelling to musical and emotional heights that practically exploded with a mix of tension and joy, have been compressed into the perfect four-minute pop song. It's still Jonsi Birgisson, it's still a vast palette of sounds, and it's still that same Sigur Ros message of love and inner peace . . . except with none of the restraint that other members of Iceland's most famous band had on Birgisson in the past. Go is undoubtedly Jonsi, a being of such unrelenting optimism and jubilant celebration that he apparently has rainbows shooting out of the back of his head. It's not really surprising, considering the increasingly poppy direction Sigur Ros was heading in, but here the best attributes of Sigur Ros and Jonsi's effervescent personality have been magnified through a multichromatic array of sounds and feelings. That post-rock standard of tension and release has been transformed, filtered through the (relatively) strict dimensions of a pop song and made into something that just wants you to stand up and be filled with joy at everything around you.

Frankly it was a miracle that this didn't turn out to be one convoluted mess - Jonsi has never been one to contain his more grandiose impulses, and the pairing with expressive composer Nico Muhly promised a wild, perhaps out-of-control soundscape. But it does work, and to stunningly beautiful effect. Muhly deserves a ton of the credit, shaping the music around Jonsi's voice (really, an instrument all to itself) and crafting a diverse and motley sound that ranges from swelling timpani to twee bells to the rapid bird-like flitting of various strings.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Flap Jackson on May 22, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
Sigur Rós, in case you don't know created the best song of all time in the form of "Sven-G-Engar." I equated the song to the song you'd play when you found out the meaning of life. Sigur Rós is always heavy like that, and it's anchored by Jónsi, who really made the band with his angelic vocals & ambitious musical arrangements. But now, Sigur Rós is on indefinite hiatus, and in its place we're left with the master himself, Jónsi. But don't worry, it's still has flavors of Sigur Rós all the way. In fact, I'd say that this album is played in the afterlife where you're running around in an eternal Spring field while you run through flowers.

There are no highlights here, since the whole thing is one cohesive work. I mean, it's 9 songs, it's not going to take up your whole life, go listen to it! You did? Ok, then you should know the whole album is a highlight. You only get the full effect if you listen from start to finish. The soundtrack to an afterlife run through a field of flowers isn't set to one song, no, it's set to a whole album of music. There's nothing wrong with this album, and your enjoyment will all be based on your mood and personal taste. Bottom-line, if you like Sigur Rós, then you should like Jónsi. And you better hurry and enjoy Jónsi, because he's Icelandic, and Iceland has been a hub of volcanic activity lately. I'm just saying, enjoy him while we got him.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jared on April 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album makes me happy. Completely and utterly. I was worried that the album as a whole wouldn't live up to "Boy Lilikoi", the first single, and at the same time I didn't want it to be 9 "Boy Lilikoi" songs in a row...if Sigur Ros has taught me anything, it is that music can be expansive, epic and evolving - all on the same album and usually within the same song. Sigur Ros is one of the most amazing bands in the world and usually, when you pull an individual out of an incredible band like that and they produce music on their own - it usually isn't that great (Robert Plant, Rodger Waters, David Lee Roth, etc.), while at other times it can go well (John Lennon, Morrissey), but even then it never really touches the complete feeling you get from the group as a whole. That was my concern with Jonsi and, while it isn't as epic and all consuming as a Sigur Ros release, it far surpasses 95% of the music released every Tuesday of every month of every year.

Jonsi's voice is such a unique instrument in and of itself and the arrangements work perfectly with his falsetto sing/song style...wow, I'm on my 5th time through since I got it and I don't see myself stopping the listening party until I take my seat in Denver for his concert. I'd give this 9 out of 10 and would only hold back that last point based on the fact that it isn't as long as it could be. I could use an epic, evolving and expansive track that goes beyond the 8 minute mark...but, I will take what I can get - gladly...
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Chaney on April 7, 2010
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My first review for an album has been saved for such a work. Jonsi, the lead, shall we say vocal instrument, for sigur ros just provided the world a true gift. There are few times when an album grips you from the first 10 seconds and you still feel the severity of its impact for hours after it is over. I have listened to the music four times through now and can say that this is the perfect vignette of brilliance we could not have even of dreamt of even after we knew it was coming. I have every track sigur and rice boy put out, every collaborations with radio head and the Icelandic Orchestra Director whose name escapes me now, been to many of SR's us concerts, have their dvds. Needless to say, I am a fan.

Some of us have enjoyed the mystery of Jonsi's icelandic/hopelandic lyrics in all of his other art, but we are the benefactors of a true artist on Go, he sings in english for all of us monolingual cro magnums here in the states (I am one too). Some may say the departure from his native and sometimes created tongue takes away some of the artistry that is sigur ros, I say that all it does is allow an artist to work in a medium that will permanently change the English music landscape. Finally, we in the English speaking world have a pure, musical victory rose.

The only plausible/arguable "downside" is its length, coming in under 40 minutes. I simply ask, "how long would long enough be?" Why do you own EVERY sigur ros album? Why would you listen to Untitled #4 on ( ) over and over? Perfection is found when its balance, brilliance and bliss are immediately recognized and accessible to all who view or hear. Bolt's 100 meter dash, Messi on the pitch, New Year's Eve, all are brief bursts of pure jubilation and joy, resounding long after the performance. Go is no different. Go do.
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